CRANFORD - Union County College will begin an Advanced Manufacturing Training program in April. To launch this effort, the College is holding an event for employers, who need to hire workers with fabricated Metal/CNC Machinist skills, and job seekers/candidates. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Union County College is inviting employers to attend this event and do the following while in attendance: hear an overview of the training by the College and the course instructor; meet potential trainees/job seekers and conduct ‘speed’ group interviews with them; provide feedback to Union County College from those interviews to assist in selection of trainees from among the candidates; and  employers who meet these candidates will assess their general employability and quality as an addition to their operation. Candidates for training must also pass the Bennett Mechanical Aptitude Test and meet other criteria.

This event is open to job seekers looking to acquire skills necessary for employment in advanced manufacturing jobs. Requirements are as follows: must be unemployed or recently exhausted benefits; high school diploma or GED (recommended, not required); mechanically inclined; must pass Bennett Mechanic Aptitude Test; reliable transportation; must be ready to work upon completion; and satisfactory background/drug screening.

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Pre-registration for participation is required. Upon completion of this training, (288 hours of hands on training) the graduates will take the National Institute for Metalworking Skills Machining Level 1 exam. Upon attaining these skills and passing the test, these graduates will be available to the participating employers to fill open positions.

To register for the training or for more information, please contact Nancy Burke at 908-527-7207 or or Lisa Hiscano at 908-965-2358 or

The CNC/Metal Fabrication training is made possible by a United States Department of Labor National Emergency Grant awarded to the State of New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development and a U.S. Department of Labor H1-B Ready-to-Work Partnership Grant awarded to the NJ County College Consortium for Workforce and Economic Development. For more information, please visit